Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I was born and brought up in a small village and whenever I get a chance to visit chennai, I used fancy the posh look that covers the metro. My maami used to take me to Tnagar on each visit, for some or the other purchase. I will always enjoy watching all those shops there. It will always been a busy place at anytime, anyday..
T Nagar - a place where you can buy things starting from 1 rupee to crores, starting from tooth picker to diamond jewellery. You can see all sorts of people here from beggars to celebrities. It will be a total fun filled entertainment to shop here, if at all you are a shopping freak. If not you will end up finding you in a messy place full of crowd, unable to proceed further.
After we switched to chennai, it has become regular routine for me visit this place often. I have shopped here even in odd hours, when all the shops are almost closed. You can buy a dressmaterial, give it for stitching, meanwhile shop around nad get back the stitched dress on your way back home. It will be wonderful. You will find it difficult to place step in the crowd during festive season. Your weight will surely be reduced during these times.
To browse around here are few landmarks in T Nagar.
You find a hell of lot of petty shops who sell equivalent to a brandstore. I have shopped in Bangalore, Cochin and Trivandrum. But nowhere you can find a worth investing material. The same material which costs 500 here will be sold at a rate of 1500 at the other places like bangalore. I am exaggerating, but thats the fact.
Pothys, Chennai Silks, RMKV, Nalli, Kumaran Stores, Kalanjiyam...these are few places where in you can check in for better clothes.
We have as many jewellers also here. I am listing you a few. GRT, Joy Alukkas, Lalitha Jewellery LKS, Khazana, Prince Jewellery, Jewellery Mahal, OKJ, KFG, Tanishq.
Near by to this place is Pondy Bazaar. Here you can find all sorts of fashion jewellery on the platform shops. Its all worth invest kinda pieces. But you must have hell a lot energy, patience and bargaining skills, to get the best one. You can find the same in Ranganathan street also, but I personally prefer Pondy Bazaar Street wala.
Here we do have good eat outs in all ranges. Few them below.
Saravana Bhavan, Archana, Adyar Ananda Bhavan, Geetanjali, Anjappar, Murugan Idly.
Hope You enjoyed shopping around here.....Keep visiting
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Here are some of the must see temples in Tamilnadu which I have visited or I do visit, often.
1. Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai
This everyone would have heard of it, as it was nominated for the new seven wonders of the world. This is a very big temple with four very big gopurams in all four different directions. This is the landmark for the city Madurai. I used visit this every weekend when I did my schooling. The most attractive part as far me concerned is the Vibuthi Vinayagar at the entrance. I believe a lot in that GOD.
This is more special temple, which I visit for the sake of marks. After each semester exam got over, I have never failed to visit this temple, before going home for semester holidays. One should never miss to see this Vinayagar, with all "Alangaram" (Makeup). There is a saying in tamil called "Kaana kan kodi vendum" which means "You should have a crore eyes to admire this". Here it fits well to the context.
3. Big Temple, Thanjavur
This one is so close to my heart, as it is build by my evergreen hero "Raja Raja Chola I". Whenever I step into this temple, even today, I am awestruck by its magnificiant appearance. It appears to be a portrait for Stupendous Victory. As you enter the temple you will find a very big 'Nandhi' (PA for lord Shiva), which you can never find in any other place, of this size. I used to go to this temple early in the morning at 4.30 or very late in night, at the time of closing the temple. I used to accompany my cousin Nallasivam, who has a thunderous voice, with which he sings all devotional songs of lord Shiva. It will be so divine to go with him and enjoy the peacefulness and harmony around.
4. Thirukadaiyur Abirami Temple
This temple I have visited only a few times. I love this temple because of its history. This was told as a bedtime story in my childhood by my maternal grandma. I used search for the evidences for that story in this temple, even now when I go there. I couldn't stop inspecting that. The speciality of this temple is the Soul and Divinity that appears in the Abirami statue, that will make one to feel the presence of Almighty.
This has become the favourite in recent times of mine. I have visited this with my husband alone, till now. Hence it is becoming so close to my heart nowadays. My husband loves this temple a lot and hence I do. But still the temple is maintained so clean and the Amman here is so divine.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
1. The CM of Kerala, V S Achuthanandan, said in press yesterday, "had it not been for Major Unnikrishnan, not even a dog would have come to his dad's home." – I would say, Mr. CM, if you were not CM of Kerala, and tried to go to his home, many dogs would have bitten you on your way.
2. BJP's Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said yesterday, "women wearing lipstick and powder" have taken to streets in Mumbai, "leading marches against the political class". He said further and again "Some women wearing lipstick and powder have taken to streets in Mumbai and are abusing politicians, thus spreading dissatisfaction against democracy. This is what terrorists are doing in Jammu and Kashmir." He further said "A few persons with lipstick and powder on their faces gather to shout slogans against politicians. This is not the nation's voice," – I would say, what is his problem? Is it that women are wearing lipstick and powder (probably he likes women who do not wear makeup), or is it that political class is being challenged? I think it is both.
3. Mahrashtra CM, Vilasrao Deshmukh took his son and movie producer/director Ram Gopal Verma to the Taj Hotel during his visit there. I think RGV may have promised him a role of comedian in his forthcoming movie which he is probably planning on Mumbai attacks. "He laughed through his press conference and through a written speech without a trace of emotion or involvement." Deshmukh was in Kerala, reportedly on a personal trip, perhaps a leisure trip when the city he is supposed to guard was attacked by terrorists. It took several phone calls for him to finally realise the gravity of the situation. Even when he came to the city the next day, there was no panic on his face and often he beamed a shameless grin on his face. On several occasions, when he was briefing the media, he said that nearly 25 to 30 terrorists landed in the city and when corrected he said he would ask for details from the Police Commissioner.
4. RR Patil, Deputy CM of Maharashtra, refused to resign after attacks. He snubbed Mumbai attacks as such minor incidents do happen in big cities. He said "The terrorists had ammunition and planned to kill 5,000 people. But the brave police security forces crushed their designs and reduced the damage to a much lesser degree." Probably he meant to say that due to his and his party's efforts, lives of 5780 people has been saved. Thanks a lot sir. This was comically followed with another statement, which he issues after tendering his resignation. He said "I pondered over the issue the whole night yesterday. I have submitted my resignation letter to chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh. I have gone by my conscience and decided to take this step." These people have dead conscience. When people shout from outside, they think its their conscience that is speaking.
5. Not far behind is Hindutva flag bearer Mr. LK Advani. When asked why did he not accompany Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Mumbai as planned and said by him in the morning, he said, "he (PM) was getting late and it seemed that he would come only tomorrow. I have my election programmes planned for tomorrow and hence had to rush because I wanted to take a feel of the situation here."
6. Raj Thackrey was no where to be seen in this whole episode. I am still so surprised that Mahrashtra Navnirman Sena did not stop NSG commandos from entering Maharashtra, or even Mumbai. Very astonishing.
7. Narendra Modi came to gain mileage out of ATS chief Hemant Karkare's death by announcing a reward of Rs. 1 crore – for the very man he had abused over the Malegaon blast arrests. Modi was snubbed by Karkare's wife who would neither meet him nor accept his compensation offer.
8. Yesterday an sms that I received said: "Let us pray that Chidambaram succeeds in bringing down terrorism the way he has brought down share prices."
It's a shame that Indian politics has fallen to its Nadir. A friend of mine just said that real character of an individual comes forth through how he/she behaves in a difficult time. It's a shame that these filthy politicians have started giving foolish statements.